Hazel Jones-Olszewski, an 84-year-old widow who died just four days before her 85th birthday in January 2013, left the Church in Wales in shock after they learnt that she bequeathed more than $4 million (£2.6 million) to the St. Davids Parish Church, which she attended as a child in the village of Saron, Wales.
Church spokesman David Hammond Williams told BBC that the church was "very grateful" for the money and described it as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for the diocese.
Jones-Olszewski, who had outlived two husbands, left Saron in 1991 to live with her son, Stansfield, in Chelsea before moving to a home for the elderly in Kensington in 2009, according to an obituary provided by The Diocese of St. Davids. more >>
A Thomson air passenger threw her leg at the flight crew while drunkenly swearing at them at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Flight 297 had been going from Enfidha, Tunisia to Edinburgh in Scotland when the woman became disruptive, leading to an emergency landing and her arrest.
The Thomson air passenger who threw her prosthetic leg was identified as a 48-year-old unemployed woman, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. She unleashed a plethora of curses on crew and other passengers, threw food, slapped a child and even started a fight with her own plastic leg before the pilot could land the plane.
"She was shouting 'I want cigarettes' and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane," eyewitness John Smith explained. "She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg. They took it off her, but she started kicking them with her good leg." more >>
Pope Francis' first official visit to a Pentecostal church in Italy was praised by some evangelical leaders, who thanked the pope for asking for forgiveness for Roman Catholic persecution of Pentecostals in the past. The Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, in turn apologized for evangelical discrimination against Catholics.
"It is biblical and it reflects the message of Jesus…..so my hope is that this act of Pope Francis will send a strong message around the world, particularly to those countries where there are significant tensions between Catholics and Evangelicals," Tunnicliffe said regarding the pontiff's plea for forgiveness, Vatican Radio reported on Wednesday.
"But I also need to say this: I recognize that in history there have been situations where Protestants, including Evangelicals, have discriminated against Catholic Christians and I am really sorry for these kinds of actions, because while we can disagree theologically, this should never lead to discrimination or persecution of the other. more >>
Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others.
Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva."
The list goes as follows: more >>
Pope Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church, after he flew on Monday to speak at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy. The pontiff apologized for persecution of Pentecostals the Roman Catholic Church was involved with in the past, and reached out with friendship to evangelicals.
"Among those who persecuted and denounced Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy people trying to ruin the race, there were also Catholics," Francis said, according to The Associated Press, referring to Italy's fascist regime when the Pentecostal practice was forbidden.
"I am the pastor of Catholics, and I ask your forgiveness for those Catholic brothers and sisters who didn't know and were tempted by the devil." more >>
The recent downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine could be classified as a "war crime" due to the 298 civilians deaths of those on board the flight, a United Nations spokeswoman announced this week.
Navi Pillay, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement from Geneva on Monday that the downing of MH17 would be investigated as a possible war crime. "This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime," Pillay said.
"Every effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law including war crimes will be brought to justice, no matter who they are," the commissioner added. more >>